IS with Continuous Shooting - Review corrected.

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Richard Butler
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IS with Continuous Shooting - Review corrected.
May 1, 2012

Reader feedback has brought to attention an error in the review. I had stated that IS didn't work at continuous shooting modes above 3.5fps. This was caused by a combination of mis-communication with Olympus and me mis-interpreting the results of my testing.

I've now re-tested the IS in continuous mode and revised the review accordingly. IS does work in continuous shooting mode, so the performance page has been revised and the 'Con' removed from the conclusion. The final score is unchanged, because the otherwise very good IS (especially in movie shooting) had given the camera a high score in that category, so the correction has limited impact on the overall total.

I apologise for the error and appreciate the user response that identified it.

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well done Richard

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Your timely re-testing and response it greatly appreciated and commended.
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Great!

Richard many thanks to you and the team for reading user questions and digger deeper when needed.
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Can you explain the "miscommunication" and the error in your testing, and how they impacted the reported results?
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In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

One less con is a good thing! How about a 1/2 point for that? Ha Ha.

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Round 80.5 up to 81????
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gdiver wrote:

One less con is a good thing! How about a 1/2 point for that? Ha Ha.

I love it!

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I see that you also concurred with my find that the flash slow limit affects the auto iso shutter time limit (unfortunately it doesn't give you a full range but at least you get more than a fixed 1/60 second). Maybe half a percentage point there, too?

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Yes we want 81 just like the NEX7
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Just Having Fun wrote:

gdiver wrote:

One less con is a good thing! How about a 1/2 point for that? Ha Ha.

I love it!

. . . 81 would give the OM-D some real EQUIVALENCE with the Sony flagship.

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Macx wrote:

I see that you also concurred with my find that the flash slow limit affects the auto iso shutter time limit (unfortunately it doesn't give you a full range but at least you get more than a fixed 1/60 second). Maybe half a percentage point there, too?

There's nowhere for things that minor to be factored into the scoring, so there's nothing I could change to reflect it.

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R Butler wrote:

Macx wrote:

I see that you also concurred with my find that the flash slow limit affects the auto iso shutter time limit (unfortunately it doesn't give you a full range but at least you get more than a fixed 1/60 second). Maybe half a percentage point there, too?

There's nowhere for things that minor to be factored into the scoring, so there's nothing I could change to reflect it.

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Re: IS with Continuous Shooting - Review corrected.
In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

Thank you. So without going back to the review, is the IS as effective in continuous mode as in single shot mode?

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missed a spot.
In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

Olympus says the camera will only achive 4.2fps with IS Off, with IS limiting the frame rate to 3.5 fps.

(includes a spelling error as well)

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In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

Thanks - are you also going to be adding the video of the live bulb mode in action soon? A couple of people seem to have mentioned that the quality of the final image for a long exposure in live bulb mode is not as good as that for standard bulb mode, would be great to see if this is indeed the case!

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Pro needs editing too
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"Built-in image stabilization helps increase number of sharp shots (in single-frame mode)"

The bit in parenthesis (from the pros section) should be deleted.

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Question about IBIS and video
In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

If you move the camera when shooting stills (panning, etc), you have to choose the correct IBIS setting or you will get blurry photos.

Is that also true with video? And if not, why not?

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Thanks, was starting to wonder if i had a special E-M5 version ;) (nt)
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In reply to Pikme, May 1, 2012

you said you couldnĀ“t set a minium shutter speed for auto iso but you can.. set flash sync at 1/250 or 1/125 and it will up the iso at that one or 1/30 if you like.

Please test Continuos Autofocus with vivid setting as a user said....

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Thank you Richard- and a request for high ISo/low light
In reply to Richard Butler, May 1, 2012

Thank you so much Richard for responding to user feedback. I feel it's great when authors/ reviewers do so

I have one request, if I may: is there any chance dpreview could try an assorted set of low

Light shots in mixed light real world conditions at Iso 3200-12800? Even just 6400 would do

I am very interested to see how the em5 handles these as it's one of the type of shootings I do the most (street night life). The current high ISO shots in the gallery aren't really low light to me with two ISO 6400's with a 1/4000ths shutter speeds.

For reference: (basically looking for ISP 6400 at f2.8 with 1/30 to 1/60 shutter):

I understand you guys are pretty busy so if it can't be done I understand. I just could not get a feel for high ISO performance from the review though it sure looks promising over what Olympus currently had.

Thanks again

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Pikme wrote:

If you move the camera when shooting stills (panning, etc), you have to choose the correct IBIS setting or you will get blurry photos.

Is that also true with video? And if not, why not?

I haven't tested this, so take it for what it is, but I believe that is not true with video for the reason that the translational axis IBIS (up-down, side-to-side) is automatically off during video, hence the less noise. Instead the IBIS system retains the rotational axis (pitch, yaw, roll) and a digital image stabilization similar to what's used in the Pen cameras takes care of the translational axis.

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